Poulter 'shocked' to play out of turn with Bubba


AUGUSTA, Ga. – When Ian Poulter is paired with Bubba Watson, he usually doesn’t have to worry about who is hitting an approach shot first.

It’s almost always his turn.

So you’ll have to forgive Poulter for a lapse of concentration on the seventh hole Friday at the Masters. In the left trees, the Englishman hit his second shot near the green, but he quickly threw up his hands and stood in place for about 30 seconds. Shortly after, Watson slashed out of the right trees.

“I wasn’t frustrated,” Poulter said. “I was completely shocked because it’s not often Bubba is hitting in before you.”

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Poulter had hit out of turn. 

He had taken driver and had 148 yards the hole. Watson was well back, 175 yards away, after hitting iron off the tee.

Poulter walked to the middle of the fairway to discuss his mistake with Watson, gesturing wildly with his hands. 

“I was apologizing,” Poulter said. “That’s probably what you saw with the hands flying around.”